Photo: 13 year old girl – kidnapped and made a child soldier by FARC. See Human Rights Watch report You’ll Learn Not To Cry: Child Combatants In Colombia
On The Edge Of War
In case you haven’t noticed, a few of our neighbours are making noises that sound very much like war. The short story is that US-backed Colombia raided a FARC terrorist base in Ecuador without asking permission of the Ecuadorian government.
Of course, the reason that Colombia didn’t ask for permission first is that Ecuador has been looking the other way (at the very least) while FARC uses their country as a base for carrying out thousands of murders and kidnappings in Colombia.
Leftist Hugo Chavez had aligned Venezuela with Ecuador against Colombia and sent troops to the Colombia border for some saber-rattling when the big news broke…
FARC Laptop Computer Points To Venezuela Funding FARC Terror In Colombia!
Colombia says that when it raided the FARC base last Saturday and killed 24 guerrillas it recovered a laptop computer showing that FARC had received over $300 million dollars in support from Venezuela. Ecuador and Venezuela say this is nonsense, but reporters who have seen the data from the computer say it is compelling.
War cannot be dismissed, and neither can the potential scale of war be shrugged off as both Colombia and Venezuela are armed to the teeth.
Will This Impact Barbados?
Even if one does not become involved in neighbour disputes, you have to pay attention when gun battles take place on your street. Barbados is not next door, but we are close enough that we should be concerned about the economic and social consequences of an area war.
What do you think folks? How does this developing situation impact Barbados?
New York Post – ‘War Has Begun’ Says Venezuela
Reuters – Colombia Takes More Heat From Latin America Left
Associated Press – Seized Laptop Shows Chavez’s Rebel Ties
Wikipedia – FARC Revolutionary Armed Forces Of Colombia
Libertad Latina.org – Latin American Women & Children At Risk